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Heavy rain and strong winds for much of the country

Stuff.co.nz - ‎1 hour ago‎
Heavy rain and strong wind warnings are in place for much of the country as stormy weather makes its way north. MetService issued severe weather watches for Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Taranaki, Taumarunui, ...
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Teen allegedly kidnapped may have been spotted in Wellsford

New Zealand Herald - ‎17 minutes ago‎
A missing teenage girl, allegedly kidnapped by a violent criminal, may have been spotted in Wellsford. LA Tukerangi, 15, told her family on Saturday morning she was being held against her will by Dean Wayne Whakatau, 36, who was recently released from ...
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Idaho Big Game Hunters Defend Actions Amid Controversy About Cecil the Lion

ABC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Amid the backlash over Cecil the lion's death, a second American doctor is now under fire for allegedly illegal lion hunting, but Idaho big game hunters Sabrina Corgatelli and Aaron Neilson strongly defended legal trophy hunting, saying it helps with ...
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British Police to Review Sex Abuse Claims Against Ex-Premier Edward Heath

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
LONDON - Britain's independent police watchdog agency said on Monday that it would investigate an allegation that the police in Wiltshire had dropped a criminal investigation in the 1990s when the subject threatened to go public with accusations that ...
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Green energy sees secure future from Obama's climate plan

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
Aug 3 Solar and wind energy in the United States is likely to have a secure future thanks to President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon emissions by forcing utilities to use renewable sources to produce electricity, the industry said on Monday.
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Origin sells Contact Energy stake for $1.8b

New Zealand Herald - ‎20 minutes ago‎
Sydney-based Origin Energy has this morning sold out of its Contact stake, a move that has long been rumoured. Photo / NZ Herald. Australia's Origin Energy has sold is Contact Energy shares to underwriters Macquarie Capital for $1.8 billion, ending ...
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Creators of destroyed hitchhiking robot mull rebuild

New Zealand Herald - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Canadian talking and tweeting hitchhiking robot that met its untimely end in the United States over the weekend might be given another chance at life.
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United Nations Members Establish 15-Year Global Development Agenda

New York Times - ‎59 minutes ago‎
In what the United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, described Monday as the organization's “to-do” list for the next 15 years, its 193 member states have agreed on an agenda for global development that aims to eliminate poverty and hunger ...
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'Made in Pak' Taliban a bigger threat to India

Times of India - ‎54 minutes ago‎
NEW DELHI: The new Taliban has 'Made in Pakistan' stamp all over it. And it's not merely the new leader Akhtar Mansour who has been doing Pakistan's bidding for years and received Masood Azhar, released during the 1999 Kandahar hijack.
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Syrian fighter jet crashes into market killing 30

RTE.ie - ‎4 hours ago‎
At least 30 people were killed and dozens injured when a Syrian army fighter jet crashed into a busy marketplace in the rebel-held northwestern town of Ariha.
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Louise Nicholas felt 'bloody violated' after house burgled

New Zealand Herald - ‎21 minutes ago‎
Victims' rights advocate Louise Nicholas had her house burgled yesterday and thieves rummaged through her underwear drawer to take a watch.

One hospitalised after Christchurch house fire

New Zealand Herald - ‎20 minutes ago‎
The fire service are warning people not to try and fight fires themselves. Photo / File. A person who tried fighting a kitchen fire was taken to hospital after suffering smoke inhalation last night.
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Connor Morris trial: 'It all happened quite quickly'

New Zealand Herald - ‎1 hour ago‎
The trial of the man accused of killing Connor Morris has continued today with the jury hearing evidence from a woman who attended the 21st birthday.
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NZ receives mixed UN report card

NZCity - ‎2 hours ago‎
Amnesty International has given New Zealand a mixed review for its time on the UN Security Council, with tough grading on its women's rights stance.
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North Shore average home values top $1m

New Zealand Herald - ‎1 hour ago‎
Values in the entire North Shore area now average $1,007,836 while values in the entire Auckland City area average $1,014,873. Photo / Doug Sherring.
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Suncorp lifts profit 55 per cent

Sky News Australia - ‎45 minutes ago‎
Insurance giant Suncorp has lifted its full year profit 55 per cent, despite paying out more than $1 billion due to natural disaster claims.
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Online 'directory' scamming small businesses, Commerce Commission warns

Stuff.co.nz - ‎1 hour ago‎
Small businesses are being tricked into signing up to an online business directory which charges a $1411 annual subscription fee, the Commerce Commission has warned.

Gloombusters: Fruit exports surge

New Zealand Herald - ‎8 hours ago‎
Demand for premium kiwifruit, apples and avocados helps counter weakness in dairy and forest products. Photo / NZME. New Zealand fruit trade has become a heavy hitter as an export, helping to at least partly offset weakness in the dairy and forest ...
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Ford Apollo Edition Mustang Grabs $230K At Gathering of Eagles Charity Event

Bulletin Leader - ‎5 hours ago‎
You surely remember Ford's one-of-a-kind Mustang created to celebrate the Apollo Missions, so maybe you are interested to see how it performed during the auction it was involved in.
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Uber gives users a ride in the rare electric Tesla

Stuff.co.nz - ‎2 hours ago‎
Auckland-based audio software developer Steve West owns one of the few Tesla Model S cars in New Zealand, and is offering free rides through Uber.
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Material Design boosts Xero Touch on Android

ZDNet - ‎2 hours ago‎
Cloud accounting company Xero is using Google's Android Material Design Standards to improve the usability and speed of its Android app.

State Highway 2 becomes Te Puke Highway

New Zealand Herald - ‎1 hour ago‎
The new Te Puke Highway - formerly State Highway 2 - passed into the hands of Western Bay of Plenty District Council over the weekend.
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Miley parties topless with Kiwi girlfriend

New Zealand Herald - ‎43 minutes ago‎
The Wrecking Ball singer posted an image from a W Magazine photoshoot to Instagram this morning, which shows her topless and pressed up against Stella, while cake is shoved into her mouth.
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Jemaine Clement calls out Bachelor star Matilda Rice over charity donation

Stuff.co.nz - ‎50 minutes ago‎
Refusing a $2 donation to charity earned Bachelor NZ star Matilda Rice a stinging rebuke from Kiwi actor Jemaine Clement - but it seems it was all a ruse.
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New Zealand Book Awards future is secure

Stuff.co.nz - ‎2 hours ago‎
The future of the New Zealand Book Awards has been saved thanks to sponsorship from an Auckland urban development company and entries are now open.
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Will Auckland lose Laneway Festival?

New Zealand Herald - ‎51 minutes ago‎
Crowds in front of the Mysterex Stage at St Jerome's Laneway Festival. Photo / Jason Dorday, NZ Herald. The Laneway Festival has been told today it cannot move to the Auckland Domain, raising the possibility of the country's largest urban music ...
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Kane Williamson breaks Roger Twose's calendar year record

TVNZ - ‎4 hours ago‎
The Black Caps may have lost the opening one-day international against Zimbabwe in Harare, but Kane Williamson continues to set shatter New Zealand cricket records.
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Netball: Harrison returns to Mytics

New Zealand Herald - ‎6 hours ago‎
Anna Harrison will return to the Mystics for the 2016 ANZ Championship season after a two-year break from the netball. The 32-year-old, who has won World Champs and Commonwealth Games gold medals with the Silver Ferns, said she was always keen to ...
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Coach Paul Henare gives Tall Blacks a pass mark for Stankovic Cup win over ...

Stuff.co.nz - ‎2 hours ago‎
Corey Webster put in a good display for the Tall Blacks in their 72-65 victory over Venezuela in Qingyuan, China. The Tall Blacks have their eyes on the prize in China, and a confidence-boosting 72-65 victory over Venezuela to open the Stankovic Cup ...
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Netball: Eight games in ten days tough ask

Otago Daily Times - ‎19 minutes ago‎
Netball World Cup organisers have been accused of sacrificing player welfare for ticket sales, with the revamped format set to significantly increase the load on players.
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Can the UK follow Obama's climate lead?

The Guardian - ‎7 hours ago‎
UK's prime minister David Cameron, right, with climate change and energy secretary Amber Rudd. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Images.
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The big melt: we won't recognise our glaciers

New Zealand Herald - ‎4 hours ago‎
By 2100, New Zealand's postcard glaciers will bear little resemblance to how we know them today, a scientist says. The warning comes as a new global study, published overnight, shows the world's glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate, losing on ...
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PNG eruption may lead to breathing problems

Radio New Zealand - ‎17 hours ago‎
Disaster officials in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea say there are concerns locals may suffer respiratory problems after the eruption of Manam Volcano on Friday.
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Bonsai tree survives atomic bomb

The Nation - ‎5 hours ago‎
Moses Weisberg was walking his bicycle through the National Arboretum in Northeast Washington when he stopped at a mushroom-shaped tree.

Investigation after doctors' prescriptions strewn through neighbourhood

Stuff.co.nz - ‎8 hours ago‎
Epuni St resident Scott Martin holds up some of the doctors' prescriptions he found scattered outside his Lower Hutt home on Monday afternoon.
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Flu jab rebels should get another job

New Zealand Herald - ‎8 hours ago‎
It beggars belief that any nurses employed in public hospitals would be allowed to decline vaccinations against winter flu. It strains credibility further to hear these nurses complain they are obliged to wear face masks in the wards.
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Kerry Ann Humphrey on the Global Big Latch On

St. George Daily Spectrum - ‎7 hours ago‎
Every year the first week in August is set aside as World Breastfeeding Week to raise awareness and support for the benefits of breastfeeding and breastmilk.

Meditation isn't always relaxing, new study finds

Stuff.co.nz - ‎1 hour ago‎
But a new study has found that we experience elevated heart rates during certain types of meditation. Participants in the study were asked to practise loving-kindness meditation, thought-observation meditation and a relaxing breathing meditation technique.
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